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''The Count of Monte Cristo'' is a 2002 film based on [[Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo the novel of the same name]] by Creator/AlexandreDumas. It stars Jim Caviezel as the title character, and also Guy Pearce, James Frain, Luis Guzman, and Richard Harris.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation: Inevitably given its size, large swathes of Dumas' novel are omitted or trimmed. Prominent characters such as Caderousse, Haydée, Franz d'Epinay, Benedetto, Bertuccio and Ali are also omitted.
* AdaptationNameChange: Monsieur Clarion was "Noirtier" in the novel.
* AntagonisticOffspring: [[spoiler:Albert confronts Dantes, though neither of them are aware of the relationship at that time.]]
* AntiHero: Edmond, as The Count, starts off as a NominalHero, only heroic at all because he's using his deplorable tactics to gain vengeance on the men who condemned him to false imprisonment. However he graduates to UnscrupulousHero at the end when he remembers his mentor's words and offers Mondego the chance to leave with his life. [[spoiler:He doesn't take it.]]
* AscendedExtra: Jacopo, who obeys the Count's instructions without question in the book, becomes TheWatson. Jacopo also serves as a CompositeCharacter, merged with Monte Cristo's faithful servant Bertuccio.
* BeardnessProtectionProgram: The Count trims his prison beard as part of his noble disguise. Noteworthy because of how effective it is. Upon returning to exact his revenge, Dantes is able to fool Villefort (who admittedly only met him once), his longtime employer Morrell and his lifelong friend Mondego. Only [[spoiler:Mercedes]] recognizes him. Mondego actually doesn't recognize him til he shaves.
** NoDoubtTheYearsHaveChangedMe: Besides having an entirely different body build and almost certainly having somewhat changed the shape of his face (losing pretty much all of your body fat will do that), the dark, dangerous, and self-assured Count also doesn't speak, move, or act anything like gentle, sweet, nervous Edmond Dantes.
* BigDamnHeroes: Deliberately invoked by The Count when he rescues Albert.
* CallBack: How Mercedes realizes that the Count is Edmond, given his habit of twirling his hair.
* ChessMotifs: Edmond and Fernand have a chess king that they trade back and forth when the other has a victory, recognizing the other as "King of the Moment". Edmond explains this to Napoleon Bonaparte, who observes that "In life, we are all either Kings or Pawns."
** This becomes {{Foreshadowing}} for later, when Fernand refuses to give up the king piece to Edmond after Mercedes accepts his proposal. Fernand soon after makes Edmond a pawn in his machinations.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Clarion, who is Villefort's father]]. It was something of a running gag in Dumas' novel that he was virtually indestructible.
* DialogueReversal: "Why are you doing this?" "It's complicated."
* DidYouActuallyBelieve: The Count's final words to Villefort.
-->"You didn't think I'd make it that easy for you, did you?"
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Remember kids, vengeance is bad. This film will demonstrate that although it appears to be ''totally awesome'', it's nevertheless very, very bad.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:After being betrayed by his jealous friends on the eve of his wedding and condemned to spend years in a dungeon by a self-serving prosecutor, and then learning that his grief-stricken father committed suicide and his beloved fiancee married his enemy,]] Dantes would be forgiven for feeling [[WhiteHeat on top of the world]] [[spoiler:as he left the Chateau d'If for the last time with his true love, his son and his best friend at his side, the vast Spada fortune in his possession, and having exacted sweet revenge on his betrayers]].
* EngineeredPublicConfession: The Count engineers one for [[spoiler:Villefort]].
* EvilStoleMyFaith: The despairing title character gives up all hope in God, having been incarcerated in a harsh French prison for several years.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Edmond sleeps with Mercedes, who is married to Fernand.
* HellholePrison: Château d'If.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Cameo appearance by NapoleonBonaparte.
* HollywoodAtheist: Dantes loses his faith on account of his unjust imprisonment (and then regains it at the end of the film). This is a contrast to the novel, in which Dantes is still religious as the Count -- he just worships a ''very'' vengeful God.
** Particularly fun as Jim Caviezel is a very devout Christian, and is best known for playing Jesus in ''{{The Passion Of The Christ}}''.
* HumanLadder: The priest asks to stand on Edmond's shoulders to see out a window for the first time in decades.
* INeverToldYouMyName: "Edmond Dantes is dead." Mercedes never told "the Count" Edmond's last name. Whoops.
* InTheLocalTongue:
-->'''Luigi''': We shall call him... Zatarra.\\
'''Edmund''': Sounds fearsome.\\
'''Luigi''': It means "driftwood".
* IronicEcho:
** "Why are you doing this?" "It's complicated."
** "I'm a count, not a saint."
* LargeHam: A gleefully sneering Guy Pearce as Fernand.
* LeaveBehindAPistol: {{Subverted}}. Dantes leaves [[spoiler:Villefort]] a pistol, but [[spoiler:it isn't loaded]].
** The DVD reveals that they shot versions of the scene both ways, with [[spoiler: the sound of a gunshot coming from the carriage]] as the Count simply walks away.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Dantes to Albert. Neither of them are aware until Mercedes does TheReveal]]
* MeaningfulEcho: "I'm a count, not a saint."
* MeaningfulName: Abbé Faria ("The Mad Priest"). Notable in that since he hasn't had a conversation during the length of his entire sentence in the prison, he must have given this name to himself.
* ModestyBedsheet: Mercedes gets one. Justified in that she's concealing her naked body from the manservant of her lover, and not her lover himself. Averted in that once said manservant gives her favorable news, she suddenly cares not for preserving her modesty.
* NeverLearnedToRead: The first thing Faria has to teach Dantes, though he could already read in the book.
* NotHisSled: The aforementioned LukeIAmYourFather moment. In the original, [[spoiler:Albert is indeed Fernand's son and not Edmond's]].
* NumberOneDime: A chess piece has sentimental value to Edmond and Fernand.
* TheObiWan: Abbé Faria to Dantes.
* PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars: The scars on Edmond's back that he received from being repeatedly lashed in the Chateau D'If represent how his time in prison embittered him.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Many aspects, including the relationships between major characters and the ending, have been changed, simplified, or removed; and action scenes have been added. The main themes of the story are intact. Given that this is an adaptation of a 440,000+ word novel, this is probably for the better.
* RagsToRiches: Dantes, who progresses from second mate of a trading ship to the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo.
* SarcasticClapping: Abbe Faria does this when Dantes realizes the reason Villefort burned the incriminating letter and imprisoned him right after acquitting him of the charges.
* SaunaOfDeath: A scene with Villefort and the Count takes place in one of these.
* SpottingTheThread: Mercedes realizes The Count is Edmond when he twirls his hair the same way he used to.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Jacopo's response upon hearing Dantes' plans for revenge.
-->'''Jacopo:''' Why not just kill them? I'll do it! I'll run up to Paris -- bam, bam, bam, bam -- I'm back before week's end. We spend the treasure. How is this a bad plan?
* {{Swashbuckler}}: The book was written by the TropeCodifier author, after all.
* TeachMeHowToFight
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: In the FinalBattle Albert is kept from intervening by Jacopo. Jacopo himself also refrains from intervening, even though he is a very capable fighter, because this is Dantes' fight.
* TiredOfRunning: After Fernand [[spoiler:shoots Mercedes]], he turns tail to run, mounts his horse and escapes at full gallop. However, after less than a minute, he pulls up and takes a moment to stare at the horizon, [[BlueBlood remembers his station]], turns around, draws his sword, and shouts his challenge.
-->'''Fernand:''' I couldn't live in a world where you have everything and I have nothing.
* TookALevelInBadass: Edmond is a hapless, uneducated merchant sailor when he is arrested; he returns to Marseille as an educated, erudite, swashbuckling nobleman.
* WhenYouSnatchThePebble: Edmond is challenged by the old priest to move his hand through dripping water without getting wet.
* WouldHitAGirl: By the final confrontation, Mondego has no problem of trying to [[spoiler:shoot Mercedes with a gun]].

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